The president smiled and said to Chris, his Secret Service escort, “I can’t wait to tell this guy what is really going on. He must belong to some old geezer cult to be willing to spend his last days underground. Or maybe he is just on the last stage before he really goes underground.” The president grinned at his witticism and so did Chris, but his grin was faked. His thoughts were real: What was I thinking when I volunteered to take a bullet for this man? I truly don’t think he really cares about anyone.
The president put his palm on the ancient iron door and as it swung open, he was greeted by the Advisor who escorted him to the conference table and poured the coffee brewed to the president’s taste.
“I know I said I would give you the thinking that has led to my domestic policies, but would you mind asking me a question or two so I can fill in the gaps in your understanding?”
“Of course not, Mr. President. What are your core beliefs about America?”
“Going right for the hard stuff, are you? Okay, that’s a good place to start. I hope you realize that I can speak without reading from a teleprompter. Some people doubt I can. I have a very objective view of America for I did not grow up in America so I wasn’t brainwashed by years of propaganda from kindergarten through high school. With what my parents and their friends told me, I was able to see through all the hysterical ranting of the bigoted conservative American politicians about the greatness of America and its role as a ‘shining city on a hill’. The truth is that the world today would be a lot better if America never existed. You see, the real vision of America is that of a ‘polluted city on a hill’ churning out products to make the rich richer. The people making those products they cannot afford, can’t even feed or clothe their families.
“The populous ‘have-not class’ in American society is doomed to remain there and the middle class is conditioned to recognize their proper place to keep from falling into the lower class. Your churches, schools, and capitalist organizations all preach a philosophy that ensures the stability of the status quo. There is no free market and capitalism is the chain that holds this nation stagnant. Your history is shameful.
“From the very start, the colonists put property over people and the individual rights of the rich founders above the rights of the masses. Your wars from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, to the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East have all been to gain economic power and further riches for the one percent. Let’s not forget the slave labor that built your economy and is today still second-class citizens oppressed by the police and confined to ghettoes in the big cities. How can you be proud of that heritage?
“I have laid the groundwork to destroy what I inherited. If I had another eight years this nation would be an example of fairness to all. Where everyone would have a fair shot and the playing field would be at last level. There would only be one class: the one hundred percenters. My only problem has been to get all the old Democrats to recognize my goals and to help me achieve them. In the future this nation will take its law and guidance from the United Nations.
“Tell you what, the next time I come to see you, I’ll listen to your response. Now I have to go. My wife thinks I’m in the gym or sneaking a smoke.”
“Goodnight Mr. President,” the Advisor said to a closing door. He muttered to himself, “Did I just hear what I heard?”
The above is a fictional account of a president meeting with a legendary but fictional advisor.
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